Ryan Pitman, client project specialist with Retail Business Development of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Chris Rivera, area manager for Vonage, met with more than two-dozen Workforce Advantage Academy students in preparation for adding to their ranks of sales professionals at retail outlets. The two were seeking outgoing, energetic people who will be able to explain different electronics products to consumers.

The companies hired 12 students. Vonage conducted electronic training at the school, so students were prepared to work when they arrived at their assigned stores.